The Town of Marshall

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The town of Marshall’s history was defined by the French Broad River. The Main Street has the river on one side and a cliff on the other. Transportation routes along the river and the subsequent railroad created a booming economy for the town in the past. The courthouse demonstrates the town’s importance as county seat and the historic Allen House sits amidst historic businesses, both exhibiting architectural beauty. The mix of the government and the eclectic art studios creates a unique atmosphere for the town. Across the bridge, Blannahassett Island provides a peaceful setting for picnics and recreational activities.

Town of Marshall, North Carolina, Visitor Guide

The historic town of Marshall, nestled between rocky cliffs and the scenic French Broad River, celebrates its colorful past while passionately embracing the contemporary. Main Street, lined with original buildings including our century-old courthouse, is home to artists’ studios, galleries, music and dance venues, and eclectic shops.

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Madison County NC Courthouse

The Madison County Courthouse was built in 1907 and designed by Richard Sharp Smith (head architect for the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, NC). The two story Neo-Classical Revival brick structure sits in the heart of Marshall with an unobstructed view of the French Broad River. 

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Colonel Lawrence Allen House

The oldest building on Main Street, constructed in 1849, the Colonel Lawrence M. Allen House played an important part in the Civil War. A marker in front of the house (part of the Civil War Trails) tells the story. The house itself is a typical “I-house” which was a common form throughout Western North Carolina from the early 1800s into the 1900s.

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Blannahassett Island in Marshall

Marshall has a unique geographic location situated in a ravine on the French Broad River with just Main Street and the railroad running between the river and the steep cliff on the blocks of the historic downtown.

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Marshall, North Carolina Historic Markers

Three of the town of Marshall’s historic markers are placed in front of the historic County Courthouse on Main Street in downtown Marshall. Two share a “road” theme as one commemorates the Dixie Highway from the early part of the 20th century; the other commemorates the Buncombe Turnpike (or Drover’s Trail as it is sometime called) from the 19th century.

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Featured Businesses in Marshall

Robert Peebles’ Tree Farm

2521 Upper Paw Paw Road Marshall, North Carolina 28753
(828) 649-2963

Robert Peebles’ Tree Farm

Marshall Container Co

10 South Main Street Marshall, North Carolina 28753
(828) 649-8700

Marshall Container Co

Smoky Mountain Trail Rides

1959 Walnut Creek Road Marshall, North Carolina 28753
(828) 768-9339

Smoky Mountain Trail Rides

Penland & Son's Department Store

50 South Main Street Marshall, North Carolina 28753
828 649-2811

Penland & Son's Department Store

Alex Matisse

310 Ras Grooms Road Marshall, North Carolina 28753
(828) 689-4109

Alex Matisse

Rob Amberg Pictures and Words

3940 Anderson Branch Road Marshall, North Carolina 28753
(828) 649-2142

Rob Amberg Pictures and Words

French Broad Adventures

Walnut Drive Marshall, North Carolina 28753
828 649-0486

French Broad Adventures

Selinde Lanier

115 Blannahassett Island Road Marshall, North Carolina 28753
(828) 674-7215

Selinde Lanier

Nancy Darrell

556 Black Pine Ridge Rd Marshall, North Carolina 28753
(828) 656-2731

Nancy Darrell

Marshall's Main Street Cafe

18 North Main Street Marshall, North Carolina 28753
(828) 649-8260

Marshall's Main Street Cafe

Madison County Tourism Development Authority

56 South Main Street
Mars Hill, NC 28754

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Contact
 

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Local: (828) 680-9031

Toll Free: (877) 262-3476

Mailing Address: PO Box 1527
    Mars Hill, NC 28754